The United States Mint recently provided the Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) and Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) with nine design candidates for the 2013 American Platinum Eagle. As I have done on a few occasions in the past, I wanted to give Mint News Blog readers the opportunity to view the candidate designs and vote on their favorite.
The numismatic American Platinum Eagle is currently in the midst of a six year design series which highlights the six principles of American democracy found within the Preamble to the Constitution of the United States. So far, the series has presented the principles “To Form a More Perfect Union” (2009), “To Establish Justice” (2010), “To Insure Domestic Tranquility” (2011), and “For the Common Defence” (2012). Designs representing each principle appeared on the reverse of each coin, while the obverse carried the rendition of the Statue of Liberty by John Mercanti.
The final two principles to be featured in the series are “To Promote the General Welfare” (2013) and “To Secure the Blessings of Liberty to Ourselves and Our Posterity” (2014).
Design candidates for “To Promote the General Welfare” included one alternative featuring two bald eagles building a nest, three alternatives with an image of Young America looking towards the future, two alternatives with figures and a cornucopia of fruit, two alternatives with fruit and hands, and a final alternative with a group of figures in a woodcut style. View images of all design candidates here.
The CFA preferred design AEP-R-02, which features Young America looking towards the future with a ring of 13 stars and the horizon line in the field. The CFA recommended that the design be simplified by removing the stars and horizon line.
The CCAC strongly preferred design AEP-R-03, which features the same figure of Young America, but with three gears in the background to represent the local, state, and federal government working together. Chairman Gary Marks said, “We liked the visionary of looking forward to the future juxtaposed against the gritty industrial image of getting the work done.”
The final design selection will be made by the Secretary of the Treasury after weighing these recommendations and receiving input from the United States Mint.
Readers can vote on their favorite reverse design for the 2013 American Platinum Eagle in the poll below.